Sequestration Effects on the Parkway
On March 1, 2013, the Parkway was required to reduce its annual budget by five percent, in accordance with the sequestration provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011. Click the link to learn about visitor center, restroom, and services impacts. More »
Portion of National Scenic Trail Near Tupelo Closed to Hikers
Part of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (NOT the Parkway) near Tupelo, MS, has been closed until 2015 due to construction under Tupelo's Major Thoroughfare Construction Project. Parkway travelers may expect delays, but no detours are expected. More »
Field Trip Planning
Field Trips and Classroom Programs
The Natchez Trace Parkway has several options for field trips, ranger visits to classrooms, and lesson plans teachers can do on their own.
Outdoor Appreciation Activities: This group of lessons is a potpourri of activities for all grade levels. Students will learn how to use their sense of observation and other senses to heighten their awareness of the outdoor world. Includes grade appropriate activities. This activity can be led by teachers, or rangers may be scheduled to lead the activities. Outdoor Appreciation
Tupelo, Mississippi area
Middle School: Please contact the Natchez Trace Parkway at 662-680-4027
High School: Please contact the Natchez Trace Parkway at 662-680-4027
Water Quality Stream Study:
The Natchez Trace Parkway is current looking for schools interested in collecting data from streams all along the Parkway. Data would be also be shared with Adopt-a-Stream Mississippi. This is a service learning project, steeped in science. Fifth grade and above will experience water quality monitoring, including macro-invertebrate identification and chemical analysis, adjusted to grade level. This project is funded by the National Park Foundation. Please email Jane Farmer for more information.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Did You Know?
The Mississippi Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) played a vital role in the preservation of the Natchez Trace by placing markers in each Mississippi county the old trace passed through.